Lakeshore High senior dual-threat quarterback/defensive end Christian Westcott is the 2019-2020 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year. Westcott is the first Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year in St. Tammany Parish history, and he is the 12th different STPPS athlete to be named Gatorade Player of the Year in his or her respective sport.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Westcott as Louisiana's best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Westcott joins an elite group of past state football award-winners, including Emmitt Smith (1986-87, Escambia High School, Fla.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas) and Christian McCaffrey (2012-13, 2013-14, Valor Christian High School, Colo.).
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior quarterback and defensive end had led the Titans to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Class 4A state semifinals against Warren Easton High at the time of his selection. The District 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year, Westcott passed for 2,346 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 yards and 35 scores through 13 games. The District 8-4A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, Westcott also totaled 47.5 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions this fall, returning one for a TD entering the state semifinals.
The vice president of Lakeshore's chapter of the Future Farmers of America, Westcott has volunteered locally providing food to the elderly and needy, and he has donated his time with the Miracle League, which helps children with disabilities play baseball. Westcott has maintained an A average in the classroom. He remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
GATORADE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR IN STPPS HISTORY
Xavier Paul, Slidell High (2002-2003)
Chris Duhon, Salmen High (1999-2000)
Kalani Brown, Salmen High (2013-2014)
Boys Cross Country
Adam Wise, Fontainebleau High (2017-2018)
Mike Stephens, Slidell High (1988-89)
Hannah Macormic, Mandeville High (2006-2007)
Delaney Sheehan, Mandeville High (2012-2013)
Christian Westcott, Lakeshore High (2019-2020)
Stephanie Pomes, Northshore High (2000-2001)
Boys Track & Field
Troy Twillie, Slidell High (1992-1993)
Katie Lindelow, Mandeville High (2010-2011)
Haley Bonneval, Fontainebleau High (2011-2012)